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The mountains give solace, to nurture the imagination and to explore stillness—everything that is overwhelmed by urban living. In the quietude of cemeteries, churches and gardens—bookmarks of the Raj in India, often one is able to...

natural, interior design, india, vernacular, haveli, shivani dogra, blue walls

Samode Haveli

  On a  recent trip to Jaipur, I made stops at the Rambagh Palace, Sujan Ram Mahal, Bar Palladio, Cafe Palladio and  Samode Palace--each beautiful in their own way, but the one that stood out for...

A Living Repository of the Past

  In the markets of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand are stores and people that still live with an independence of thought. Take for instance this quaint store—an old jewellery shop that has retained most of its original design....

Not Just A Summer Home

  Kilmarnock is not just a summer home. It’s a home that’s  been loved and lived in for decades through Himalayan summers, springs and winters by Shivranjani Singh, a CAM practitioner  and her family, descendants of...

elegant, interior design, india, Rajasthan, lime plaster, Vernacular, Rohida wood, Narain Niwas Palace, Jhunjhunu

Room 01

Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan lies a bastion of heritage and handiwork—the Narain Niwas Palace. The owners, living simply, continue to reside in the sandstone fort--once a beacon of royal tradition and arts, it now ages...

Radha’s Paper Artistry

I was first introduced to Radha Pandey’s work by Jasleen, a client.  I was immediately taken with her art & began following her work,  recently attending an online workshop Radha conducted on the History of...


Restraint In the tones of silence wrapping themselves around the surge of waterfalls, In the minimalism of lime plaster and wood switch boxes Right above the elaborate sandalwood telephone, gilded in gold Do you see restraint? Or do you picture...

mottled wall, distressed wall, limewash, lime paint, india, delhi, rajasthan, vernacular design, natural decor, beautiful interiors

How to Create a Mottled Wall

  There’s something about a mottled wall. Mottles created with subtlety can give a wall depth— a depth that melds well with architecture of a certain kind. An early client once requested that we create for...

A Bangalore Office

Interior design in India, when not hastily copied from ideas of modernism, can remind us of an older India— one of unhurried days, where streets and  houses coexisted  in planned proportion; where pavements and less...

natural interior design, vernacular, beautiful interiors, indian interior design

Natural Decor

Natural décor brings to life, experiences—of walks in woods, of the songs of  birds at the break of dawn, of the gentle rustle of leaves in the wind and the sounds of rocks and stones...

Malkha, Hyderabad, Interior Design, Natural, Vernacular, Organic design, cotton furnishings


I  discovered  Malkha, at the Dastkaar Nature Bazaar, in Delhi years ago. Malkha, founded  by Uzramma,  is run and owned by primary producers who are spinners, weavers and  farmers. It aims to empower the small farmer...